Performance in law school - as measured by law school grades - is the most important predictor of career success, according to a recent study discussed in an article in the ABA Journal.
In a new paper about the various factors that shape legal careers, law professors Richard Sander and Jane Yakowitz conclude that grades matter much more than the "eliteness" of the law school you attend. This goes against conventional wisdom, which says that students should go to the best law school that will accept them. The professors found that the salary boost associated with achieving higher grades more than makes up for the salary depreciation associated with attending a lower-ranked school.
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